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BERC Visit to UPM Biorefinery
       27 Feb 2023

IIUM BERC members and the UPM EB Group Expertise at the UPM Biorefinery Complex Pilot Plant. From left to right: Dr. Ezyana Kamal Bahrin (UPM); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhayati Ramli (UPM); Prof. Ts. Dr. Hidayah Ariffin (UPM); Dr. Mariatul Fadzillah Mansor (IIUM); Dr. Nik Rashida Nik Abdul Ghani (IIUM); Dr. Husna Tajuddin (IIUM); Dr. Noor Faizul Hadry Nordin (IIUM); Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohammed Saedi Jami (IIUM); Prof. Dr. Nassereldeen Ahmed Kabbashi (IIUM); Prof. Dr. Zahangir Alam (IIUM); Prof. Dato; Dr. Mohamad Ali Hasan (UPM); Dr. Mohd Huzairi Mohd Zainudin (UPM) ; Dr. Ahmad Muhaimin Roslan (UPM); Dr. Wan Mohd Fazli Wan Nawawi (IIUM).

In conjunction with the 40th Anniversary KOE, BERC has been proposed a project to develop a pilot plant for biodiesel production at the E5 compound. Therefore, a site visit to UPM Biorefinery Complex has been successfully organized by BERC on 27th February 2023. The main purpose of this visit was to discover the remarkable advancements in sustainable technology that it has to offer especially in the biodiesel production. This activity was conducted during semester break and attended with eight of BERC members. This site visit marked a great opportunity and collaboration between CHES Department and Environmental Biotechnology Research Group, UPM.

The visit began with an insightful presentation by Prof Dato’ Dr. Mohd Ali Hasan, a senior Principal Researcher, on the overview of research activities and their ultimate mission to utilize biomass and convert it into valuable products (Picture 1). There were several available pilot plants located at the UPM Biorefinery Complex including biogas, biochar, biodiesel, biocompost, nanocellulose and polymer nanocomposite

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Presentation on introduction and overview of UPM Biorefinery by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Ali Hasan

For biodiesel pilot plant, we were explained that biodiesel is produced using used cooking oil (UCO) collected from local community. The produced biodiesel is then used as fuel for machinery operation at Biorefinery Complex. We were mentioned that this project is part of community project in which to instill awareness among local community on the danger of reusing cooking oil repeatedly and the benefit of converting UCO to biodiesel. The reactor used for the biodiesel production was shown as in Picture 2. We also visited others pilot plant that are available there as shown in other pictures below.


Dr. Ahmad Muhaimin, Principal Researcher at Biorefinery UPM explained on the biodiesel production


It is hoped that this site visit will give a clear goal on highlighting the crucial role of sustainable practices play in shaping a better future. The BERC members expressed their gratitude to UPM EB Group members and all IIUM BERC members as well as to the CHES Department for the full support. It is hoped that from the visit, BERC and EB Group will have a good collaboration on the future and emphasized the importance of collaboration between industry, university, society and government in driving sustainable development.